Can Cardboard boxes be stored in a flammable cabinet?

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Flammable Cabinets are storage cabinets which are used in the safe storage of combustible and hazardous materials. These materials can range from solvents and paints to gases and other combustible materials. A common question is, can you put other types of storage container, for example, cardboard boxes, into a flammable container or does this compromise the safety of the cabinet?

Can Cardboard Boxes be stored in Flammable Cabinets?

The short answer is no. Under no circumstances should you store flammable materials such as paper or cardboard alongside flammable and hazardous materials. The entire purpose of a flammable storage cabinet is to safely store combustible materials away from any other materials that increase the risk of them catching fire, therefore by placing a cardboard box or a similar material into a flammable cabinet you are putting the materials inside at risk of combusting.

Other flammable cabinet storage practices to be aware of:

  • Purchase and store the smallest quantity of flammable liquids necessary for storage in flammable cabinets.
  • Ensure that any containers stored in the cabinet are closed and well-sealed.
  • Always try to place flammable liquid storage cabinets and cupboards in rooms with multiple exits.
  • Do not place flammable storage cabinets near exit paths or doors as this could create an escape hazard in the event of an emergency.


This was only a brief explanation regarding whether or not you can store cardboard boxes in COSHH cabinets. You should not store cardboard boxes, or any other combustible materials, inside of a flammable cabinet. They pose a risk to the materials inside. If you’re interested in purchasing a new cabinet then you can browse our range of Flammable Cabinets and COSHH Cabinets here. Alternately you can always contact us via our customer service team on 0800 652 6000.

Also, if you would like to find more information regarding COSHH, click here.

Victoria Vaughan